September 20, 2019
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Wednesday, October 2, at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute welcomes Miko McGinty in conversation with Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects Robert Wiesenberger. The conversation is one of several public events that have been presented in connection with the exhibition Art’s Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019 on view at the Clark through October 14.
McGinty is a graphic designer specializing in art books and has worked with the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Most recently, she designed the catalogue for Martin Puryear’s presentation at the 2019 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà. She will discuss the nexus of artists and books—both the artists’ books that appear in the Clark’s exhibition and the experience of working with artists such as Puryear to capture their work in print.
Since 2007, the Clark Art Institute’s library has built an unparalleled collection of editioned artworks, books, posters, publicity materials, and other, more unusual objects produced in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. Art’s Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019 presents a unique look at the Biennale by showcasing the materials in the Clark’s growing collection and exploring the questions of identity, nationhood, and spectacle central to the event. The exhibition offers insights into a period when contemporary art has received increasing attention in mainstream culture, when the art world’s geographic reach has expanded beyond its traditional centers, and when technology has reshaped how such events are encountered, both in-person and online.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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